Rebel Shakedown: Long Time Waiting
“The name of the [upcoming] EP is still up in the air. We were thinking Long Time Waiting.
Or something about us being brand new,” says Josh Ullrich (23), lead vocalist and guitar player
for Rebel Shakedown.
Although they are certainly in their infancy as a band, Josh himself is no stranger to the
spotlight. As one of the original members of the now defunct Phat Reggae Dub Status, he has
already established himself as a standout in the West Coast grassroots reggae/dub scene. The
band reached immense popularity between the years of 2009 and 2013, especially in Northern
California, where they consistently sold out venues and became a well-known name amongst the
students of UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, CalPoly San Luis Obispo and many other local
colleges. This gave Josh the opportunity to play in front massive crowds alongside some of his
prevalent musical influence, including bands like The Dirty Heads, Seedless and Fortunate
Youth. Indeed the decision to break up Phat Reggae Dub was difficult for all members, but one
that Josh feels was perfect for him to get a fresh start with years of experience under his belt.
Partly because of this, Rebel Shakedown in its own right has been able to achieve
meteoric success within the short nine months since its origin. After moving back to Huntington
Beach from Santa Barbara, Josh enlisted the help of former bandmate and drummer Daniel
Castaneda (23) to form a new band. Pianist Laurence Rugley (26) and saxophonist Daniel
Whalen (24) soon joined them and were also acquaintances of Ullrich. Bass guitar player Jacob
Marler (19) however, has a different story. He was a big fan of Phat Reggae Dub Status and
actually started working with the group after he messaged Josh on Facebook. To his surprise,
Josh invited him to a jam session and two months later, they played their first show as Rebel
The group is now working on their first EP, tentatively titled Long Time Waiting, with
17th Street Recording Studios producer Lewis Richards. Lewis and Josh have been close friends
for years and also worked together during the days of Phat Reggae Dub Status. Needless to say,
Rebel Shakedown’s sound will be heavily influenced by their predecessor but Josh emphasizes
that they bring their own unique sound “fusing rap with reggae.” The release date for the album
is to be announced but until then, check out Rebel Shakedown’s cover of Don’t Rock My Boat.